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Stories from Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Alton School Board approves pay raises (06/15/11)
After hearing from teacher Art Boehle on Thursday, June 9, the Alton School Board unanimously approved pay raises for all employees, at a cost to the district of about $200,000 per year. Alton R-4 Schools Superintendent Sheila Wheeler presented a more conservative plan that would have upped teachers' base rates by $500 each, with a 1.8 percent step increase...
Arkansas highway department presents Hwy. 63 bridges plan (06/15/11)
A steady stream of residents, mostly property owners in and near Mammoth Spring, stopped in at a public meeting Thursday, June 9, to view the state's proposal to rebuild three bridges there. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) also plans call for doubling the width of Highway 63 south of the Missouri border, from two lanes to four, to about where it meets Highway 342...
Toddler's death investigated in Izard County (06/15/11)
The Independence County Coroners office has listed abuse as the preliminary cause of death of a 19-month old boy in Izard County. Caiden Tharp was pronounced dead on June 3, after being transported from Izard County to the hospital in Batesville by emergency medical personnel...
Former Navy captain takes over as Carter County sheriff (06/15/11)
Carter County voters on June 7 elected a retired Navy captain to replace jailed former sheriff. Bruce Van Belle beat out two others for the Democratic ticket nomination, and then four candidates on the ballot, most with some law enforcement experience...
Jumpin' Catfish! Prices going through the roof (06/15/11)
When the Fulton County Homecoming Festival was held on Memorial Day weekend, one of it's most popular events, the Senior Center's catfish fry, was missing from the schedule. "Because of the availability and price of catfish, we were forced to cancel," said Center Director Betty Teague. "The dinner is one of our main fundraisers and, since this is one of our worst years for funding, we really, really needed it."...
MoDOT's Willow Springs office to close (06/15/11)
Despite much public opposition, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission last week adopted a plan to downsize Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to save money. The state's plan, part of which calls for closing the Willow Springs District 9 office, was made public in early May...
Search warrant yields Ice, guns, jewelry (06/15/11)
A break-in to a Cave City pawn shop yields four arrests with one pending for various charges ranging from commercial burglary to drug charges. According to a case report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department and a supplemental report from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force in Independence County, numerous felony arrests were made after a search warrant of a Cave City and a Batesville residence related to a break in at Cherokee Trading Post in Cave City...
Teen injured in car, train collision (06/15/11)
The Power Of HOPE (06/15/11)
I spent last Friday afternoon and evening out at the Salem Greyhounds ball field, doing my part to remind everyone that "Cancer Never Sleeps." It was the 11th annual Fulton County Relay For Life, and as a cancer survivor myself, it was also a reminder of how important it is to fight and to remember...
A tribute to my comrades in Joplin (06/15/11)
A few months back, Joplin Globe Editor Carol Stark wrote a delightful column about the night she and several others were "iced in" at the newspaper office. They slept on every available sofa in the building, emptied the snack machines and got the paper out on time...